Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

BiCMat members

The Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat) group researches the fundamental and utilization aspects of renewable resources, including lignocellulose, proteins and other biopolymers. Here you will find the individuals (past and present) that make up the BiCMat research group. Each member of the group has their own research and area of expertise, so be sure to find out more about our researchers below.
A quirky group photo of BiCMat members taken by Dragon Flower Photo Studio

Group leader

Orlando Rojas

Prof. Orlando Rojas

I work with my team to uncover solutions that nature may provide to fulfill our material needs, by using, sustainably, resources that we find around us, including plants, marine shells and animals as well as biomass waste. Most of our work deals with small objects (colloids), including fibers, particles or other things with shapes that are not well defined. I hope to find disruptive ways to create positive societal impacts and to better our lives. I hope you have similar interests. If you do, I am more than open to collaborate and join efforts.

Postdoctoral fellows

Black and white portrait of Bruno Mattos.

Dr. Bruno Mattos

Supracolloids, controlled release

Black and white portrait of Johanna Majoinen.

Dr. Johanna Majoinen

Supracolloids and surface functionalization

PhD Students

Black and white portrait of Alvaro Gonzalez Vogel.

Alvaro Gonzalez Vogel

Electrodialysis in fiber lines

Black and white portrait of Konrad Klockars.

Konrad Klockars

Structural color with CNC

In my research, I use tiny nanoparticles manufactured from a highly abundant and sustainable bio-resource, wood. They assemble into interesting nanostructures that resemble the DNA helix. Uniquely, this creates structural colour with the potential to replace conventional toxic colorants. I engineer the creation of these nanostructures to be applied as cheap coatings providing colour and durability.

Bin Zhao B/W

Bin Zhao

Lignin carbon materials

I am a doctoral candidate in Aalto University developing advanced materail from lignin streams.

Ya Zhu BiCMat

Ya Zhu

Preparation and characterization of stimuli-responsive cellulose foams

I am a doctoral candidate in BiCMat working on structured food using nanocellulose and nanochitin

Alumni & Former group members

Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat)

Group led by Professor Orlando Rojas


BiCMat Publications (external link)

The full list of publications by BiCMat members to date.

Publications. Image: Aino Huovio.
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